Volkswagen Touareg Road Test

Model Year Summary
The Touareg has the feel of a sharp-handling, luxury SUV, with a plush interior and wide, supportive seats that deliver all-day comfort. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In our tests of the V6 turbodiesel, it pulls effortlessly and has a generous towing capacity. The low-speed ride is overly firm, but it's steady on the highway. The cabin is quiet and access is easy, but the almost-$50,000 Touareg we sampled lacked some common luxury features, such as a sunroof. The top-of-the-line hybrid version has been discontinued for 2016. The diesel version is under investigation by the EPA for not complying with emissions regulations.

Better than average New Car Reliability Prediction

Based on the latest survey, we expect reliability of new models will be 11% above average


All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

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